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San Jose International Airport

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Overview

Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport, known locally as simple San José International Airport, is a busy facility located 2.5 miles (4km) northwest of central San Jose. Home to Silicon Valley, San José is less a tourist destination and more of a business travel hub; the airport is also conveniently situated as an alternative to airports in Oakland and San Francisco, both 35 miles (56km) away.

Previously known for its poor facilities, San José International Airport opened a new terminal in 2010 that is earning rave reviews from passengers for its smooth processing and good facilities.

Flights to San José International Airport come in from destinations all over North America, including cities like Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Denver, Houston, Honolulu, Portland, San Jose de Cabo, Guadalajara, and Phoenix.

Location

The airport is located two miles (3km) north of central San José.

Getting to the city

The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) operates a special Airport Flyer service that links the airport to the Metro Light Rail Station and the Santa Clara Caltrain Station. It runs every 15-30 minutes between 5am and 11:30pm, with a fare of $2. The Terminal B VTA #10 bus stop is located at the Ground Transportation island across from Terminal B, while the Terminal A VTA #10 bus stop is located at the Ground Transportation Center across from the International Arrivals Building. There are also limousines available, and several hotels offer door-to-door shuttles for their guests.

Time

GMT -8 (GMT -7 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 (408) 392 3600.

Car rental

Car rental companies can be found at the Rental Car Centre, which is serviced by a blue shuttle bus from Terminal A, and is short walking distance from Terminal B. Companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, National, Payless, Thrifty and Zipcar.

Airport Taxis

Both on-demand and pre-arranged taxi services are availble from San Jose airport, from both terminals. Expect to pay a minimum fee of $15, which includes the first three miles (5km) and the airport service fee of $1.50. Beyond that, the metered rates is $3 per mile. Anticipate to pay anywhere from $18-20 to get to downtown San Jose, or $140-150 to downtown San Francisco.

Transfer between terminals

A courtesy shuttle connects terminals A and B and the parkings lots, running every 10-15 minutes, 24 hours a day.

Facilities

Facilities at the airport include several restaurants and cafés, wifi access, a gift shop, ATMs, bureaux de change, a shoeshine stand, fax and telephone facilities. Facilities for the disabled are good.

Parking

Short-term parking at San José International Airport starts at $2 per half hour and goes up to $30 per day. Daily parking has a flat rate of $22 per 24 hours, and Economy Lot 1 has a daily rate of $15.

Website

www.flysanjose.com

Airlines

Flights to San José International Airport are available via Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and Volaris.

Internet

The airport offers free wifi in all terminals.

Business Lounges

There are charging points for laptops and cell phones in Terminal B, while Terminal A is home to the American Airlines lounge, offering internet-ready workstations, refreshments, telephones, printing, fax, copy machines, newspapers and a message service; the lounge also has three meeting rooms for up to eight people.


San Jose International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.